I am not a seasoned international traveller.

My first two visits to Europe were tours with the Smith College Alumnae Chorus, one to Sicily and one to Slovenia. Everything was organized and arranged in advance, so I didn’t need to think about much of anything, other than a few meals here and there. We had our own charter buses, so we didn’t even need to navigate in the places we visited.

At the moment, I am in London, visiting daughter E, granddaughter ABC, and E’s spouse L and L’s parents, with whom they are living. My spouse B and other daughter T are here, too.

Given that this is my first trip abroad that was not an organized tour, I am finding the nuts and bolts of travel a bit daunting. We flew from Newark to Heathrow, two large and totally unfamiliar airports. We took a train to Paddington Station, where E met us to shepherd us to another train and then a walk to their home. Later in the day, when our hotel check-in time arrived, it took both of L’s family’s cars to get us and the luggage the two-ish miles (3km) to our hotel.

Most of our to-ing and fro-ing has been by bus or train. London has a very comprehensive system of public transit, which is great because it is such a huge city.  Unfortunately, I am a) not used to having public transit available and B) intimidated by large cities, so I am grateful to have family with me to keep me on the right track, at least most of the time.

As in our trip to Slovenia, B is acting as the photographer, so I hope to share some posts with photos in the coming days.

Stay tuned!

(I promise not to be in central London near Parliament on election day, December 12. That could become entirely too exciting for someone like me who isn’t used to raucous crowds.)

Author: Joanne Corey

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9 thoughts on “travels”

    1. Thanks so much, Beth! I definitely need the help! I don’t know if I will ever really get used to large cities, though. I grew up in a town of 200 people and have never really adapted to being in the midst of millions.

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  1. You are a seasoned traveler in my eyes since I’ve never been out of the US except for Canada. My daughter and I took a trip to Washington DC for her senior year. We rode the subway – just the two of us. What an adventure! I’m glad you get to enjoy your family and hope your travels are all safe with a sense of adventure. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, JoAnna. That is so sweet! I can tell you that the London transit system is amazing. I’ve ridden the Metro in DC because my sister lives nearby, but the London system is much more comprehensive.

      I’ll be writing some more posts about London, but have been waylaid by illness. With luck, more posts soon…


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